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Changing cityscape:With Metro Rail work gaining momentum, commuters are likely to face tough days on the city roads. –PHOTO: BY ARRANGEMENT
Changing cityscape:With Metro Rail work gaining momentum, commuters are likely to face tough days on the city roads. –PHOTO: BY ARRANGEMENT

Brace up for tough commuting days ahead with construction of the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) project work beginning on viaducts crossing the road junctions. Work had begun at the Uppal crossroads and the Habsiguda junction.

Once supervising engineers of HMR and concessionaire L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad (L&TMRH) gain expertise from these two spans, work on taking up five to eight road junctions crossovers across the three metro corridors in one go will be attempted, said HMR Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy on Sunday.

Of the 80 junctions where the elevated track atop the viaduct will be constructed across, 28 junctions require longer obligatory spans involving on the spot construction or ‘in-situ’ construction.

“It is like building 80 flyovers over busy traffic junctions without disrupting traffic movement in the already saturated junctions”, explained Mr. Reddy.

As bridging the major junctions with ‘in-situ’ construction method will take four to five months for each junction, several junctions will be attempted simultaneously to save time, he averred.

Challenging task

Mr. Reddy pointed out that the traffic study conducted by LEA Associates, engaged by HMR for traffic management solutions for the intersections, has made the task even more challenging as the study has projected bigger obligatory spans for many of the junctions for the sake of future traffic flows.

After several rounds of technical discussions by the metro rail engineers and consultants, it was decided to bridge the junctions’ upto a span length of 34 mtrs (112 feet) with segmental construction by the same launching girders, which are building the viaduct.

Temporary supports

In this on the spot bridge construction method, temporary supports will be provided for the elevated concreting deck and after tying the steel reinforcement, concreting will be done in three stages. After curing the viaduct for 14 days, it will be safely secured by pre-stressing the inserted high strength steel strands and thereafter, the temporary supports will be removed.

A 50 feet gap will be left between the temporary supports to allow the traffic to flow, effectively three lanes on each side, the MD added.

There are around 28 junctions with longer obligatory spans involving on the spot construction method. These are

L.B. Nagar to Miyapur - Corridor-I:

Nizampet Junction (141 ft), JNTU Junction (148 ft), Godrej Y Junction (190 ft), SR Nagar Junction (148 ft), Punjagutta Junction (190 ft), KCP Junction (121 ft), Khairatabad Junction (190 ft), Lakdikapul Junction (148 ft), Nampally Junction (131 ft), Mujam Jahi market Junction (190 ft), Mussraam Bagh Junction (131 ft) and Kothapet Junction (121 ft).

JBS to Falaknuma - Corridor-II:

Parade Grounds Junction (180 ft), Musheerabad Junction (121 ft), Narayanguda Junction (121 ft), Sultan Bazar Junction (144 ft), Kotla-E-Alijah X Road Junction (121 ft), Bibi Bazar Chowrastha Junction (121 ft) and Shamshergunj Junction (121 ft).

Nagole to Shilparamam - Corridor-III:

Uppal Junction (148 ft), Habsiguda Junction (148 ft), Alugaddabavi Junction (131 ft), Sangeet Junction (138 ft), Paradise Junction (138 ft), Dharam Karan Junction (148 ft), Yusufguda Basti Junction (148 ft), Madhapur PS Junction (148 ft) and Hi-tec City Junction (151 ft).

Of the 80 junctions where the elevated track atop the viaduct will be constructed across, 28 junctions require longer obligatory spans involving on the spot construction

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